Hearing test evaluates a person’s ability to hear by measuring the ability of sound to reach the brain. Sounds are vibrations of different frequencies and intensities in the air around us. Bones in the ears and air in the canals help these vibrations travel from the ear to the brain. A hearing tests check for hearing loss, identify how severe it is and helps determine what is causing it.
Hearing problems are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to go see a doctor. Your doctor may refer you to an otolaryngologist (oh-toe-lair-in-GAH-luh-jist), a doctor who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat. An otolaryngologist will try to find out why you have a hearing loss and offer treatment options. He or she may also refer you to another hearing professional, an audiologist (aw-dee-AH-luh-jist). An audiologist can measure your hearing. Sometimes otolaryngologists and audiologists work together to find the treatment that is right for you. If you need a hearing aid, an audiologist can help you find the right one.